Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Congressman Boucher takes on state regulation of VOIP

This CNET article describes a new bill to be introduced by Congressman Boucher of SW Virginia which would ban the state regulation of voice-over-Internet-protocol.

Can VoIP survive Congress? | Perspectives | CNET

On Wednesday, a House of Representatives panel will convene its first hearing devoted to considering how much of the thousands of pages of weighty telecommunications regulations should be imported to cover voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. The apt title of the hearing: "VoIP: Will the Technology Disrupt the Industry or Will Regulation Disrupt the Technology?"

Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., are planning a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to announce a second House bill on VoIP. Boucher told me that while the legislation won't be finalized until the event, it has two major components: One of them is to block states from regulating VoIP. The other is to encourage the Federal Communications Commission to consider what 911, universal service, and access charges requirements will apply.

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